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Sandi H. Aug 19, 2003 07:31 PM

Today, a friend mentioned that her Dad thinks Mastoris Diner in Bordentown is the best Diner anywhere. My husband and I love to try Diners-- the more authentic, old-style the better; of course it helps if the food is great, too! Can anyone recommend Mastoris and what to order there?

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    MoxieBoy Dec 21, 2010 09:30 AM

    The food was horrible...and so much of it!

    A waitress who never refilled the Iced Tea and water without flagging her down. The cinnamon bread (which I brought my daughter to the place for, as she love cinnamon buns) agreed it was like a rock (the cheesebread wasn't bad).

    I haven't been there in about five years. I think the food was a remnant from my last trip.

    Isn't a hamburger supposed to have a taste? Who needs it so big...we're not at Harold's Deli! Just serve a smaller one (that doesn't crumble like Roseanne Barr's crumbled meat)...and half the price.

    My wife pronounces the name Mas-tor-ees...as if it was the possessive tense. I told her to skip the apostrophe. There is no catastrophe in the name. Just in the food, service and price. Isn't that enough?

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    Mastoris Diner-Restaurant
    144 US Highway 130, Bordentown, NJ 08505

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      dtandler Dec 21, 2010 10:34 AM

      MoxieBoy is correct. I've been to Mastoris 4 or 5 times & my food has ranged from mediocre to terrible. The place is way overrated, probably due to the huge portions & the (admittedly) tasty breads. The Americana, people, the Americana. Best omelets in the state. 10 miles up Rt. 130 in East Windsor.

    2. njfoodies Feb 16, 2010 04:47 AM

      It's been quite a while since we have been to Mastori's, so I figured we'd give it a whirl yesterday. Bad choice! The parking lot was totally filled, and the buses were rolling in as we walked up to the door. Walked into the lobby and it was packed with people. When I asked if we could put our name in, the lady behind the counter was a bit rude, but not as rude as the other waiter standing there. Gotta love Jersey Diner's! LOL! Needless to say, we left and went to the Wisdom Diner down the road as they had no idea how long the wait is, which is understandable when you have tour buses parked out front and mobs of people coming off of them. That said, no "Let's Talk Turkey" for me, but we'll go back another time! -mJ

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        Heatherb Feb 16, 2010 05:25 AM

        Go late on a Sunday or a weeknight that isn't a holiday. Weekend lunches/brunches are a nightmare there. I highly recommend the Green Goddess salad. If they don't have it on the menu, they'll still make it for you if they have the ingredients. The Peachie Cheese Pie is also pretty darn yummy.

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        crmom24 Feb 15, 2010 05:51 AM

        THE BEST DINER, hands down. Huge portions, warm cinnamon and cheese bread.
        If you want a great experience, this is it!! :)

        1. karenmusic Feb 9, 2009 05:31 PM

          Cinnamon or cheese bread from the front bakery. The snapper soup is my all-time favorite, but if you drive past there up the road a bit there's a pizza place that does amazing ground pork and buffalo sauce sandwiches they call Vamps

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            beentheredonethat Feb 9, 2009 06:28 PM

            Mastoris Diner is the KING of all diners, worth the trip big HUGE place everything is made on premises

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              frackit Feb 10, 2009 06:44 AM

              The danish you get before your meal is the best part. Like you said, Mastoris is convenient and there's something on the menu for everyone...but i've never had a meal there, breakfast, lunch, or dinner, that's been better than just average. It's more quantity than quality.

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                Tapas52 Feb 10, 2009 09:15 AM

                frackit I'm glad I'm not alone....to me regarding diners, smaller is better with more attention to the quality of the food with the Owner/ Chef doing the cooking not handing out menus.

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                  mschow Feb 10, 2009 09:23 AM

                  Mastoris is a big menu with something for everyone. I've been going there for years, and our family members meet there pretty regularly because it's an easy meeting spot. But, like frackit said, I have also never had an exceptional meal there. It's really just average, though a few of their vegetable sides are yummy. You're not alone!

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                    Heatherb Feb 10, 2009 10:58 AM

                    Yeah, I have breakfast there regularly. It's acceptable. But I've never raved about anything I got there - my lunches there have been decidedly "meh." For some reason my family (both sides) has almost ALL of its post-funeral lunches there. Go figure.

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                      gbean Feb 12, 2009 10:07 AM

                      I went there recently but had a real craving for buffalo wings and decided to stray away from the Reuben (which my dining companion had and it was just "eh") and get me some! They were actually really good, crispy, spicy and served w/ homemade blue cheese dressing (which IMO makes all the difference in the world).

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                        JNUNZMAN Feb 12, 2009 03:37 PM

                        I can't figure out why they give you a Danish and cinnamon bread before the meal, which to me is breakfast fare........but anyway....I found if you order "diner food" like turkey dinner, meatloaf,steak, the food is very good. If you order something like Chicken Scarpariello, it's disappointing. Stick to the normal stuff and not the extravagant stuff and you'll be okay. I love their assortment of side dishes, but can never come close to finishing everything. I also find that it's pretty expensive. The entrees are no bargain. I'd much rather have a human sized portion and pay less.

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                          Heatherb Feb 13, 2009 01:36 AM

                          Yeah, the last time I went there for lunch, I got one of their specialty burgers. It was so huge and sloppy it just kinda fell apart and I had to eat it with a fork. I realize SOME sandwiches are meant to be eaten this way, but I really like to just be able to bite into a burger comfortably. The burger itself was tasty, but not spectacularly so.

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                            gbean Feb 13, 2009 08:06 AM

                            I agree about the prices. High, for a diner. Seems all the diners are just as expensive as regular restaurants now. That's not really what diners are all about.

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                              njfoodies Feb 19, 2009 07:00 AM

                              Mastori's is ok, but we find ourselves going to Wisdom Diner down the road at Route 206 and Farnsworth instead... -mJ

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                                gbean Feb 19, 2009 07:08 AM

                                How doesTown and Country compare? We almost went there over Mastori's last time.

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                                  Tapas52 Feb 19, 2009 09:11 AM

                                  T&C is almost like Mastoris food wise....hugh typical diner with bar disco mirrors etc, etc etc .....we really enjoy the Iron Skillet off 206 really good food, great prices & you eat out of a cast Iron Skillet also...

                                  http://www.petrotruckstops.com/iron_s...

                                  click on the menu tab

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                                    rockhopper Feb 20, 2009 02:49 AM

                                    From Petro:
                                    Philly Steak Sandwich
                                    Sliced beef piled high on a bun with grilled
                                    onions, mushrooms and bell peppers,
                                    topped with Swiss cheese • 7.59

                                    Riiiight.
                                    Not even close. Maybe that's the Kerry Special....

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                                  care11 Feb 19, 2009 08:07 AM

                                  We always choose Wisdom Diner over Mastori's too. Good food and service. Mastori's portions are just ridiculous and it's $$$. I agree that I would rather have human portions and pay less. Never love the food at Mastori's either. My husband and I both ordered omelets, they were just okay and we ended up throwing most away. Also I think the first time we went I ordered a chicken cheese steak and it was not at all what I expected. Dry and large chicken breast pieces… not like a cheese steak, I was disappointed. There is a shared plate charge too if I remember correctly. Seems like a real waste of food, it's a shame.

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                                    gbean Feb 20, 2009 08:18 AM

                                    Wisdom diner is just past Mastori's on 206? I never noticed it.

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                                      care11 Feb 20, 2009 10:55 AM

                                      If you blink you'll miss it. It's a small place. If you're driving south from Mastori's it's on the right side. It may actually be on the corner of 206 and Farnsworth Ave.

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                            Heatherb Mar 22, 2009 10:04 AM

                            I am kinda in shock. I had a really good meal at Mastori's last night. We found ourselves without dinner at nearly 10 pm last night, and knew that we would probably only get served a full meal at a diner at that point. The nearest options being the Golden Dawn (which is almost always inedible for anything but breakfast) or Mastoris (which I have previously dismissed as "meh"), we opted for Mastoris. Boyfriend had his go-to, Chicken Parm (why he orders this at diners, I will never know), and it was pretty good, though he did not like the sauce on the spaghetti (though the same sauce was fine by him on the chicken). I didn't try the sauce, but as he lived in Italy for two years, nothing he has found in America measures up to the ideal in his head, so I'm not convinced it was that sub-par. The faintest hint of sweetness in a sauce turns him off, for one thing. It came with a lovely colorful salad and a ranch dressing that I thought might be house made, though I could be wrong about that. Overall, his spaghetti sauce complaint aside, the boyfriend was very happy with his meal.

                            I ordered the filet mignon in marsala sauce with the Green Goddess salad, a baked potato and marinara green beans. The salad was, quite frankly spectacular. Pears, a vinaigrette, feta crumbles, and pecans over watercress. I literally ripped into it. My only caveat is that next time I will ask if they can prepare it with a different lettuce as the watercress is very difficult to eat - lots of stalks and whatnot, even though I really thought it tasted great. I am not a salad eater, but I could easily have ordered this as my meal. The filet mignon was probably something a true steak devotee would have been appalled by, but I enjoyed it. There were four large medallions of beef in a thick marsala sauce (which was kind of offputting, but did taste ok). The filet was done perfectly, very tender and very flavorful, with not an ounce of excess fat on it. The green beans were not to my liking at all (very mushy, which I kind of expected), and the baked potato was just ok. Prices were high ($56 for the two meals with coffee, no other beverages) but the portions were large, the meat (beef and chicken) was also very high quality and we didn't mind paying a lot for a decent full-course meal that late at night.

                            Overall, I'd gone expecting unappetizing dining options (haven't been there for anything but breakfast and lunch in years) and was more than pleasantly surprised. I will go back and sample more items that are in the same vein from the menu, probably. I think this is definitely my late-night dining place now. I still have a long list of pretty bad dishes I have had there, but I'm willing to explore the Mastori's menu a bit more to find their strengths. I suspect also that the time of day might have had something to do with it . We were there after the main dinner crowd but well before people from the bars started showing up, so the kitchen wasn't inundated at all.
                            Oh - and the service was excellent. Our waitress was attentive and friendly.

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                              MoxieBoy Dec 21, 2010 09:38 AM

                              I ate there last Saturday. I wonder how many funerals they caused?

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                        IrvingB Jun 23, 2005 03:21 PM

                        Food is not good at all! What is good is the complimentary cheese/cinnamon danish bread served at table. What we do is order one breakfast which we SPLIT-it's enough with the danish. The rest of the food here is very ordinary diner food which is prepared better elsewhere-portions are large-so what.

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                          Tapas52 Feb 9, 2009 06:19 PM

                          IrvingB I agree.....Mastoris is just OK & typical to me....the menu gives me a headache to read also too many items too small print.....once in a while i like a drink & appetizers & the live music in the lounge......but agreed there is much better in the diner world in NJ. I enjoy the Iron Skillet for a change of pace.

                          http://www.petrotruckstops.com/iron_s...

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                            Quine Feb 9, 2009 07:11 PM

                            Oh WOW! I cannot believe that someone recommended a Truck Stop Chain(!) over Mastories. A chain! a Truck stop one at that.

                            OK, so I do like Mastories. Would I call it a diner, heck no, the place is too large to be called that. The menu is huge, as in size, content and amount and we are talking the daily specials menu. The font (printing) is small and can be hard to read.

                            Where I think Mastories is outstanding is in it's wait staff (no bad server survives a full shift, I am sure) the butcher/meat specials and the prices.

                            Over the years, I have taken many people there; it is an easy and easy to find mid-way/meet point for my Philly connections ( I live in the NJ shore). From foodies to the whine-n-moaners; everyone liked it.

                            And I am very picky myself. One of my main rules is..if it's a huge multi-itemed menu, the food is all frozen or bad (I love when little all-in-one asian places that seat 10, and take out, have huge menus...yeah right like *that* food is fresh). At Mastories, just driving up, no matter when, you know this place has huge volume and the food has no time to not be fresh.

                            I have never had a bad steak at the place.

                            And as usual, your milage may vary, but enjoy the trip!

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                              Tapas52 Feb 10, 2009 05:10 AM

                              Have you tried the Iron Skillet? great comfort food & it is always packed also.....Truckers have to eat good also.....Mastoris is just an ok diner IMO like many of the rest of the glitzy, mirrored places, dont let the bells & whistles fool you...I've been there many times & its always the same typical diner fare nothing more. But your entitled to your opinion just please dont put down mine.

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                                Citizen Rich Feb 22, 2009 03:53 AM

                                I'm with you. I like the Iron Skillet, and I'd go there before Mastoris (I don't like the cheese bread or the cinnamon bread). Yes, it's a chain, a truck stop and they have a buffet, but what's wrong with truck stops? Out West, truck stops are what diners are to Easterners. Anyway, the Iron Skillet is pretty much the only place I've ever been to in the state where I can get my beloved hash-browned potatoes instead of home fries. The crap at Cracker Barrell just doesn't count. It's also one of the very few places that serve up a chicken-fried steak. Even though we have to double back to get there, it's a regular stop when we make our montly trip to the Mt. Laurel Costco from Hamilton.

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                                  gbean Feb 24, 2009 05:36 AM

                                  Is it a full buffet or just soup and salad bar and order off the menu (which is what the website indicates)? Went to Country Buffet last wk.---had little kids w/ us so everyone always wants to go there, and the food is awful. Was thinking Iron Skillet might be a better alternative.

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                                    Tapas52 Feb 24, 2009 06:43 AM

                                    Rich.....I agree with you ....the iron Skillet has 3 Buffets each day they change for breakfast/lunch/dinner & let me tell you the owners used to drive trailers around the country and never could find a decent meal or a place to sleep & shop or wash their clothes .....& thats why they opened ..its a very kool place like a Creme of the Crop truck stop....aside from the great buffet that also have a wonderful full menu ala cart also with all the favorites & the price is right also....try it you'll enjoy it!

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                                      gbean Feb 27, 2009 07:52 AM

                                      Do you know how much they charge for lunch and dinner buffet?

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                            john shiner Nov 19, 2004 08:27 AM

                            Don't try to eat there on Holidays or make reservations, I made a reservation on Thanksgiving and still had to wait an hour and a half to be seated. The food and the service sucked. If you are in the area, do stop and buy one of their cheese breads, they are great.

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                              julie Dec 16, 2003 09:37 PM

                              mastoris diner is awesome was raised in b town and i sure do miss the cooking its all chain food here in tampa everything is good there and you always have to leave with a doggie bag i used to order the seafood platter awesome my mouth is drooling now sure do miss it town and country is good also

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                                Judi Loeb Oct 22, 2003 05:50 PM

                                We were there this past weekend. I had an appetizer that I couldn't possibly finish. Portions are huge. I had clams and sausage with sundried tomatoes and broccoli rabe over linguini. It was wonderful. We brought home a lot of bread that we are still savoring. Bring a cooler to fill with baked goods. Everything we got was exceptional.

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                                  betty jones Nov 9, 2003 10:19 AM

                                  I am from Kinston, NC. My sister-in-law brings her sister a carrot cake everytime she comes home from New Jersey. She will not be able to make it home for Thanksgiving. Is it anyway possible two cakes be sent by UPS or however you can send them to me? They are the best I have ever tasted. My plans are to visit her in New Jersey the first part of next year and I plan to dine at Mastoris while I am there.

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                                    Val G Nov 9, 2003 10:37 PM

                                    Betty,
                                    I think your best bet would be to phone Mastori's and ask them. Their number is (609)298-4650.

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                                  loofahgirl Aug 20, 2003 06:02 PM

                                  Anything you get at Mastoris is great. But bear in mind that the portions are HUGE! And don't fill up on the bread - even though it's tempting. Sometimes there is a wait but it tends to move pretty fast; the place is really enormous.

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                                    DavidK Aug 20, 2003 10:19 AM

                                    I agree with your Dad. It is one of the better diners. Trouble is they have too much on the menu (and on the plate).
                                    When you sit down - they put cheese and cinnamon bread on the table.
                                    I like their caeser salad and also the grilled lamb kabob dinner.
                                    Some of the plates are just average, but I've never had anything bad.
                                    Hope this helps.
                                    David

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                                      Sandi H. Aug 20, 2003 11:11 AM

                                      Thanks for adding more info. My friend said she and her Dad especially love the cinnamon bread and cheese bread there.

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                                      Val G Aug 19, 2003 10:33 PM

                                      Haven't been there for a couple years. The food was more impressive for quantity than quality. Huge portions. The place is unique and I'm glad I had the experience. But didn't like it enough to return.
                                      If you go during the dinner rush, expect to wait a long time for a table.

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                                        Sandi H. Aug 19, 2003 10:48 PM

                                        Thanks for your response. We were considering stopping there for breakfast on the way to the shore. If anyone can recommend their favorite NJ diners-- On the way to the shore, from Point Pleasant Beach down to Cape May-- I'd appreciate hearing about them!

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                                          stan- Aug 21, 2003 11:13 AM

                                          Where is Bordentown? We will be driving from Philly to Brigantine Beach next week-is it near anywhere we will be?

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                                            Sandi H, Aug 21, 2003 02:53 PM

                                            If you go to www.Expedia.com it has a map feature. Just type in Mastoris address: 144 Route 130, Bordentown, and you'll see that Bordentown's located southeast of Trenton, off of Rte. 195. So it's "sorta-kinda" on the way to the shore if you don't mind taking the scenic route.

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                                              jason Sep 2, 2005 09:44 PM

                                              I found mastoris by mistake about 7 years ago,best mistake of my life!,yes the cheese bread is killer!,i have never had a less than great meal there,however service,and food both suffer a little during peak business hours,the trick is go in early,or better yet after 11:00 in the evening,the people have treated me like a king there late at night,can't say enough good about them,only bad part is we dont have 1 in orlando.

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                                                Tanya Oct 6, 2005 12:18 AM

                                                I have to agree, Mastoris is my FAVORITE restaurant in all of jersey. My dad took my family there a couple years ago (he had discovered it when working down in Bordentown once) and he loved it. It is about an hour drive from my house, but it is completely worth it!! My entire family thinks the food is great, the service is great, and the entire atmosphere of the restaurant is great. I agree, the cheesy bread and cinnamon bread are to die for!

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                                                  Sharon Oct 10, 2005 09:48 PM

                                                  Lived in Bordentown 10 years ago. We still go back there for their cheesebread, cinnamon bread and corn pudding. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to duplicate the amazing corn pudding. Have called and tried to get the recipe, no go!!!!!!
                                                  Have been all over the world, nothing compares to Mastoris!!!!!!

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                                            joan Aug 23, 2003 10:36 AM

                                            I don't consider Mastori's diner a convenient stop on the way to the shore. It's located in Bordentown where routes 130 and 206 meet--you can get to the parking from either highway--and it's way west of shore points. If you are on route 130, and are heading north, there's a better diner (in West Windsor) called the Americana, on the northbound side, just past the 571 crossing.

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                                              Karen T. Jul 25, 2005 07:18 PM

                                              Re: Mastoris Diner: I have been eating there for as long as I can remember and have never had a meal that I didn't like. Of course, the cheese bread is awsome - don't leave without buying a loaf to take home!
                                              Re: A good place to eat at the Jersey Shore: For breakfast and lunch, you can't beat "The Breakfast Garden" in Sea Isle City. It's not a diner, but the food is excellent, cost is low, service is great. It's at 4507 Landis Ave. in Sea Isle. Sea Isle City is just south of Ocean City and north of Avalon.

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                                              Adrian Sep 1, 2003 04:22 AM

                                              You get a hefty portion of poor quality food, the service is poor and if you're an African American expect to wait three times longer to be served.

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